Sacrament of Reconciliation
Reconciliation at St. Francis during Ordinary Time
Every Saturday from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm priests are available in the Church, or by appointment. During Advent and Lent, look for more information about communal penance services here and in the Forum, our weekly Parish bulletin.
The Sacrament of Healing
In the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, the Sacrament of Penance (commonly called Confession, Reconciliation or Penance) is the method by which individual men and women may be freed from sins committed after receiving the sacrament of Baptism. For the confession to be acceptable according to Catholic teaching, the penitent (person seeking forgiveness) must tell his or her sins directly to an ordained Catholic priest or bishop. The priest or bishop will then recite the prayers of absolution to forgive the penitent’s sins. The penitent may confess his sins face to face with the priest, or anonymously through a screen known as a “grill”. In 1215 the Fourth Lateran Council made it canon law that every Catholic Christian receive this sacrament at least once a year.
Recently, several electronic applications have been introduced that can aid a penitent in making a good confession, similar to printed works known as “examinations of conscience”. Electronic aids, according to Vatican statements, cannot replace confession direct to a priest, as only a priest can confer sacramental absolution. As of February 2011, one widely publicized example was an “app” for the iPhone called “Confession: A Roman Catholic App”.
Examination of Conscience
Examination of conscience is a review of one’s past thoughts, words, actions, and omissions for the purpose of ascertaining their conformity with, or deviation from, the moral law. This is a private review; the Catholic Church encourage penitents who wish to receive the sacrament of reconciliation to examine their conscience using the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, or the Corporal Works of Mercy as a guide.
First Reconciliation Preparation
Preparation for the Sacrament of First Reconciliation normally takes place in the second grade for children baptized in the Catholic Faith. For more information please visit the First Reconciliation page.